SECRET GARDENS

SECRET GARDENS

We have little green, it is evident when we superimpose the map of Barcelona to that of other cities. That is why the small redoubts that have survived the time when gardens were synonymous with power and well-being are even more valuable. Also the singular and little known contributions that have made the city a more livable place.

We give you the key to the secret places, we make you part of the mystery of the lost (and rediscovered) small paradises hidden in Barcelona.

Gardens of Joan Maragall

During the 1929 exhibition, Barcelona built a new royal residence in Montjuïc (with Pedralbes, it seems, was not enough). The result, the Palauet Albéniz, surrounded by elegant palatial gardens that bear the name of the poet Joan Maragall.

To feel like kings and queens on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 to 15 h.

Mercè Rodoreda Gardens

Among the pages of Rodoreda’s books you can smell floral perfumes, there are infinite metaphors of the vegetal world, as old as art. Her fondness for plants has earned the author two gardens with her name. The first, near his native Sant Gervasi.

A second, practically unknown, is one of the few examples of hanging garden in Barcelona. You will find it at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans. It contains a sample of the favorite flowers and plants of the writer, direct protagonists of his literature: camellias, wisteria, jasmine, mimosas, water lilies … Accompanying each planter, plates that identify the plant species with fragments of their narrations. If you can look away from the green, look at the back of the clock that crowns the entrance. The pendulum reminds us that time runs beyond this quiet Eden.

Gardens of the Casa Ignacio Puig

In the center of the city, in Ciutat Vella, with a few minutes of strolling the Rambla we are filled with noise and crowds. We have the solution, a secret, we will find it a few meters from the Liceu and the Boqueria. A sign of Parks and Gardens on the doorstep of the Petit Palace Opera Garden Hotel (attention to the neighboring facade of Puig and Cadafalch) shows us the way. Through the reception we are surprised by a rich variety of magnolias, laurels and even some linden tree.

Among the terraces there are numerous benches from which to listen as the water flows between the fountains, almost the only noise heard in this arcadia protected between buildings. Surrounded by greenery and tranquility, it is not difficult for us to return to Rodoreda when he wrote that “important things are those that do not seem to be.”

Entrance with elevator in the street of Aroles.

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